Jewish Folk Art In Israel

Browse through any Judaica shop today and you’ll see evidence of an ever-growing trend. Judaic art has become more sophisticated, varied, and complex than ever before. Jewish artists are finding the medium of Judaic objects to be a wonderful canvas to infuse tradition with their original eye.

Their creations include the original ketubot (Jewish marriage contract) incorporating sacred and secular symbols and ritual items for the home, such as Shabbat candles and kiddush cups, made with a particular feminist flavor in mind. 

Today, many of these artists are professionally trained in their work within Judaism and are sensitive to the visual arts. This is a relatively new phenomenon. To know more about Jewish art, you can also visit this site

For much of Jewish history, most Jewish artists were untrained and their art was not the work of their life but simply a form of devotion to God. Known today as "Jewish Folk Art", Jewish traditions of visual expression included paper cutting, making mizrah and shivit (two forms of decorative characters), and the art of mycography (using words to create pictures).

Seeing most forms of self-taught expression with a modern eye offers inspiration and confidence that the visual arts occupy a prominent place in Jewish civilization.

At first glance, any work of "folk art" may seem childish or naive at first glance; What makes it such a great art is that at a second glance it reveals depth and essence. Cutting Jewish scissors has more or less been a hobby of most of the male religious population for centuries.